PROPOSED MEDICAL APPLICATION OF THE SHAPE MEMORY EFFECT: A NiTi HARRINGTON ROD FOR THE TREATMENT OF SCOLIOSIS.

M. A. Schmerling, M. A. Wilkov, A. E. Sanders, J. E. Woosley

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Abstract

Research is described which is aimed towards the application of NiTi to the problem of scoliosis. One of the results is a NiTi Harrington rod, shortened initially by deformation, inserted and distraction force applied following the normal procedure used for the first operation. After 10 to 15 days, heat (about 5 degree C above body temperature) is applied externally causing the rod to regain its undeformed longer shape and reestablish the initial distraction force without the need for further surgical procedure. Only a shape memory effect alloy can accomplish so simply this added correction without a new operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages563-574
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes
EventShape Mem Eff and Appl, Int Symp, Proc, Metall Soc of AIME, Spring Meet - Toronto, Ont, Can
Duration: May 19 1975May 20 1975

Conference

ConferenceShape Mem Eff and Appl, Int Symp, Proc, Metall Soc of AIME, Spring Meet
CityToronto, Ont, Can
Period5/19/755/20/75

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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